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McGowan Government securing the future of Port Hedland221984Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 7:55:48 AM2018-10-15T07:50:00Z Plans for Port Hedland's Spoilbank Marina development unveiled Government response to Port Hedland Dust Taskforce Report released McGowan Government's Plan for the Pilbara well underway The McGowan Government is securing the economic future of Port Hedland, today progressing its commitment to build the Spoilbank Marina while providing certainty about future development in the West End. Concept plans have today been unveiled for a Spoilbank Marina that meets community recreational boating needs, provides much-needed amenity in Port Hedland, and will be more sustainable in the long term. The plan will deliver a marina with initial provision for 20 boat pens, and sufficient basin capacity to expand to 45. The development will feature a two-lane boat ramp, two breakwaters and internal revetment walls, and a separate access channel to exit into deeper water adjacent to the main Port Hedland shipping channel. Landside works will include a boat and trailer parking area, a new combined event space and a new dry dock area for the Port Hedland Yacht Club. New public open spaces and retail/commercial pop-up facilities will provide opportunities for the wider Hedland community, tourists and nearby residents. Improved public access, parking and facilities will be provided to take advantage of the opportunity for waterside recreation, outdoor activities and improved access along the beach. Detailed design work will now begin for the plan. Importantly, funding has been set aside for a State contribution toward ongoing maintenance costs for the marina, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the project. At the same time, the McGowan Government has released its response to the Port Hedland Dust Taskforce Report, focused on decreasing dust exposure for Hedland residents without jeopardising the industries that underpin prosperity in the Pilbara. Full responsibility for operating and maintaining the air quality monitoring network will be transferred to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, which will also develop a dust management guideline for bulk handling port premises. The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) will be responsible for implementing the taskforce's recommendations through an improvement plan over the West End. The precise boundaries of that plan will be developed in consultation with the Town of Port Hedland. An improvement plan and scheme will be developed by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for the WAPC to consider. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Spoilbank Marina is an important project that my Government is committed to delivering for the Pilbara community, and the release of the concepts plans represents an important milestone. "We will soon begin work on the detailed design phase to ensure the project delivers not just for boat users, but for the Hedland community as a whole. "The project will inject economic activity into the region, creating local jobs in the local Port Hedland economy. "The release of my Government's response to the dust report is an important step in our plans to secure the future of Hedland. "I'm pleased we are now in a position to provide clarity the community needs, taking into account the health of residents as well as job-creating industries in the area." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We see a bright future for the West End as the buzzing commercial hub of Hedland, and our Government is taking decisive steps to achieve that outcome. "Our Spoilbank Marina plan will provide the waterfront amenity that Port Hedland residents have so long aspired to, breathing new life into the West End. "Our response to the dust issue ensures the health of local residents without putting at risk the industries that drive jobs for the region and the State. "Today marks a real step forward for Hedland residents, businesses and particularly for the local boating community, realising a long-held dream for the town." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "The development of the Spoilbank Marina and responding to the Hedland dust issue are important commitments to long-term sustainable growth in our Pilbara. "For several years, Port Hedland residents have awaited the outcome of investigations into dust and the recommendations from the taskforce will provide more certainty for landowners into the future. "The McGowan Labor Government is focused on decreasing dust exposure to Hedland residents, addressing a long-held concern of the Hedland community after eight years of no action from the Liberals and Nationals." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Leading the way on diversity in sport and recreation221982Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 7:22:36 AM2018-10-15T07:20:00Z Gender Diversity Advisory Group for sport and recreation formed Group will provide advice and guide the State Government on gender diversity in the sport and recreation industry An advisory group that will develop strategies and initiatives to improve gender diversity in the sport and recreation industry met for the first time on Friday, October 12. The Gender Diversity Advisory Group will facilitate industry input and feedback to improve and sustain diversity, and provide recommendations to the State Government. The group comprises of 13 members with a mix of interests and experience including backgrounds in business, community, not-for-profit, education, and sport and recreation. The initial focus of the group will be to look at ways to increase gender diversity in sport and recreation leadership positions. The group will share knowledge and experience, identify contemporary gender diversity issues affecting the sport and recreation industry and encourage the exploration of new ideas. It is expected to meet up to four times a year, reporting back to the State Government with recommendations on ways to increase gender diversity in sport and recreation. Gender Diversity Advisory Group members include Tamsin Cook; Robyn Kuhl; Tracy Simpson; Duncan Picknoll; Jan Cooper; Beth Shaw; Peter Leaversuch; Christina Matthews; Jade Lewis; Fran Haintz; Amber Merritt; Bella Ndayikeze; and Diane Smith-Gander. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government is working to support the sport and recreation industry to increase gender diversity, particularly in leadership positions. "Despite sport and recreation in WA being increasingly enjoyed by Western Australians from all backgrounds, the fact remains that there has not been a significant increase in diversity in leadership roles." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "It's been demonstrated that increased gender diversity in leadership roles leads to better organisations, better governance and benefits to culture and morale. "The Gender Diversity Advisory Group is an important step in enabling the sport and recreation industry to integrate gender diversity and inclusion values into all aspects of their operations." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
Nominations open for State’s annual heritage awards221979Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 2:27:05 AM2018-10-15T02:05:00Z Nominations now open for the 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards Nominations close at 4pm on Friday December 7, 2018 Finalists to be announced in February 2019, with winners to be announced at a gala event in March 2019Western Australians are urged to nominate their heritage heroes for the Heritage Council's prestigious WA Heritage Awards. The State Government awards recognise the outstanding contribution of owners, volunteers, professionals and organisations who work to promote and conserve WA's cultural heritage. The awards, now in their 27th year, are an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse. More information on the 2019 WA Heritage Awards can be found online at http// or by contacting the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage by emailing or telephoning 6552 4104. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The WA Heritage Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the passion and commitment of the many volunteers, professionals and organisations whose work has helped build WA's heritage scene into the vibrant, innovative and highly professional sector it is today. "Earlier this year, 19 individuals, organisations and outstanding heritage projects were honoured at the 2018 WA Heritage Awards. "The transformation of Cue Public Buildings into a Community and Visitor Centre received the top project award for adaptive reuse. "The former Cue Post Office has been adapted for modern use, giving visitors and the local community a wonderful historic building to enjoy and use, and is a fantastic example of how adaptive reuse of a heritage asset and heritage tourism often go hand in hand. "The high standard of individuals and projects honoured at the 2018 WA Heritage Awards demonstrates why a heritage award is a highly sought-after and valued accolade. "In recent years, six WA Heritage Award-winning projects have gone on to be recognised at an international level at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards. "I encourage all Western Australians to get behind their communities and nominate a worthy candidate today." Minister's office - 6552 5400
World record feral cat eradication for Dirk Hartog Island221978Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 2:19:38 AM2018-10-15T02:00:00Z More than 16,000 feral animals removed from Dirk Hartog Island National Park Hare wallabies are the first species to be released onto the island Dirk Hartog Island National Park, off Western Australia's Mid-West coast, has become the world's largest island to have cats, sheep and goats fully eradicated, paving the way for extensive threatened animal re-introductions over the next 12 years. Announcing the second stage of the groundbreaking 'Return to 1616' ecological restoration program, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today declared the 63,000-hectare island cat, goat and sheep-free. Dirk Hartog Island is the State's largest island and is home to the first known European landing on WA soil by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog and his crew in 1616. Since the introduction of grazing animals, cats and weeds, 10 native mammal species have been lost from the island. More than 5,000 sheep and 11,000 goats have now been removed, resulting in improved vegetation and habitat for native species. Following extensive baiting, trapping and monitoring, no feral cats have been detected on the island since October 2016, making it the world's largest island-based feral cat eradication project. Stage 2 will see the reintroduction of 10 native mammal species and one bird species that were known to exist on the island. In addition, two native mammal species that were not known to exist there, rufous hare-wallabies and banded hare-wallabies, are being introduced. To start Stage 2 of the project, a team of Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions scientists have released more than 140 banded and rufous hare-wallabies onto the island over the past two weeks. The $44.4 million project is funded by the Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefits Fund and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Return to 1616 program is innovative and ambitious, in that it aims to restore Dirk Hartog Island to the wildlife haven that it would have been 400 years ago when Dutch explorers first set foot on it. "The massive-scale eradication of feral animals has been years in the making and is a huge achievement for the State Government, demonstrating world's best practice science, conservation and land management. "Now, the island is set to become a refuge for some of WA's most iconic threatened animals such as woylies, dibblers, chuditch and boodies. "Ideally, we can build these populations up to a point where they can be used as source animals for translocations across the State, under our flagship Western Shield wildlife conservation program." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Joint media statement - Overhaul of Mitchell and Kwinana freeways begins221972Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 12:52:00 AM2018-10-14T03:30:00Z Motorists on Perth's two primary arterials will soon be getting home faster and safer with work starting on major upgrades of the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways. The transformation includes the Cedric Street to Vincent Street widening (southbound) project and the final section of the Kwinana Freeway - Russell Road to Roe Highway widening (northbound) project. The Kwinana Freeway project will create 340 jobs and will improve travel times by up to 15 minutes in the morning peak, while the Mitchell Freeway project will improve travel times by up to nine minutes in the morning peak. WA Premier Mark McGowan said the Mitchell Freeway project would create about 280 local jobs and add seven kilometres of lane and four continuous southbound freeway lanes, reducing congestion through the area and upgrading the road network for the future. "These freeway upgrade projects are part of the State Labor Government's wider job-creating investment into WA road projects and I'm pleased we've been able to get work underway in a short space of time," Mr McGowan said. "We have contributed $186 million towards the transformation of Perth freeways which includes these two projects, the Smart Freeways initative, the Manning Road on ramp and State-funded Hutton to Cedric Street upgrade. These along with the $100 million Murdoch Drive project in Perth's south will result in more than 1,700 jobs being created and will benefit Western Australians, enhance productivity and support economic development by improving access to key commercial and industrial precincts." Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said thousands of people across Perth would benefit from the congestion-busting improvements. "The Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway upgrades will increase freight efficiency and improve access to services and employment hubs," Mr Tudge said. "The Coalition Government is keeping Perth moving - we're getting people home sooner and safer." WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Kwinana Freeway project would boost the local economy and was part of the McGowan Labor Government's plan to ease congestion, improve roads and save motorists time. "The Kwinana Freeway Widening project will add eight kilometres of additional lane and provide capacity for an extra 1,800 vehicles per hour, improving traffic flow for those commuting to the CBD or our northern suburbs," Ms Saffioti said. "Construction of six out of seven new projects along the Kwinana Freeway corridor will be underway by early 2019, with procurement for the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge over Kwinana Freeway progressing well." Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said the Mitchell Freeway carries some of the highest traffic demands in Perth, with up to 180,000 vehicles per day, and links Perth's northern suburbs to the city and the wider metropolitan area. "This project will fix the major bottlenecks occuring on the Mitchell Freeway at two locations where four lanes merge into three, signficantly shortening journey times during the morning peak times," Mr Keenan said. The project would also complete the crucial missing link on the Principal Shared Path from Glendalough Station to Hutton Street, ensuring a more accessible and convenient journey. The construction of the link to the Principal Shared Path will boost cyclist and pedestrian accessibility on the freeway. Three intersection crossings will also be removed and replaced with a completely off-road, wide continuous path. The project is a key pillar of the State and Federal Government's $2.3 billion "boosting jobs, busting congestion" investment in Western Australia's road and rail infrastructure announced in May 2017. The $40 million Mitchell Freeway - Cedric Street to Vincent Street Widening (Southbound) project is being jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, with the Australian Government committing $32 million and the Western Australian Government committing $8 million. The $49 million Kwinana Freeway - Russell Road to Roe Highway Widening (Northbound) project is also being jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, with the Australian Government committing $39.2 million and the Western Australian Government committing $9.8 million. Both projects are expected to be completed by late 2019, weather permitting. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
National Carers Week221971Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 12:40:23 AM2018-10-14T00:05:00Z Carers celebrated for generous contribution to society during National Carers Week In 2018, Carers and the community are being invited to talk about 'why you care' National Carers Week will be held from today (October 14) to Saturday, October 20. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the valuable and selfless contribution which carers make to the community. There are a number of events being held across the State in recognition of over 320,000 of Western Australia's carers. Carers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups and each caring role is unique with different needs and experiences. Family members and friends provide the bulk of caring roles, which can often be more demanding than a full-time job. Many carers provide more than 40 hours of their time every week to care for loved ones. The State Government provides $1 million in annual funding to Carers WA. This funding provides carers with much-needed support, services and programs including counselling and training, social support, advice, respite, employment and engagement activities. The 'Have your voice heard' Carers self-advocacy handbook will be launched as part of National Carers Week by Community Services Minister Simone McGurk. This handbook gives carers practical guidance as they navigate often complex situations and issues. The guide also includes advice for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing. The handbook is available online at http// A number of events will be hosted by Carers WA, community groups and carer organisations around the State during National Carers Week. To find out more, visit https// Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Carers are absolutely critical in the lives of many Western Australians. "National Carers Week helps to raise awareness of carers and carer supports and services that are available. "The State Government has a strong commitment to ensuring that carers receive the support and recognition they deserve. "Caring for others can sometimes make it hard to prioritise your own wellbeing. "It is important that carers understand their rights and the supports available and this new carers self-advocacy handbook will help carers to navigate their caring journey and access practical guidance and assistance." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Increased reward in Gerard Ross case as State Government overhauls rewards system221970Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 12:32:39 AM2018-10-14T00:00:00Z State Government approves increased rewards for 11 cold case homicides New framework provides for rewards of up to $1 million The State Government has today announced an overhaul of the rewards system for unsolved homicides and suspicious disappearances in Western Australia. On the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Rockingham boy Gerard Ross, Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced a reward of $250,000 was now on offer to help solve the case. The reward is offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Gerard Ross' murder. State Cabinet has approved increases in rewards to $250,000 for a further 10 other unsolved homicides or suspicious disappearances. A working group was set up to review the reward system and to address concerns regarding the different and maximum quantum of rewards offered. It was concluded that reward amounts offered in Western Australia had fallen behind those offered in other States. The implementation of the new reward framework is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to community safety. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I'm keen to support police with the offer of rewards to help apprehend offenders and bring justice to grieving families. "Rewards can be a valuable tool in cases where investigators believe they have the potential to generate new information or bring forward new witnesses. "The hotchpotch system of disparate rewards we inherited needed review and I wanted to ensure we kept pace with other jurisdictions. "Hopefully the offer of a quarter of a million dollar reward may be incentive enough to get someone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest in the Gerard Ross case." Minister's office - 6552 6900
York Motor Museum - a treasure in the Avon Valley221969Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html15/10/2018 12:13:56 AM2018-10-13T02:00:00Z York Motor Museum is Australia's oldest motor museum More than 100 years of Western Australian motoring history on display Nine historic cars on loan from the Western Australian Museum The oldest motor museum in Australia flourishes in the heart of the Avon Valley, attracting motor enthusiasts from around the world. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today visited the York Motor Museum, which showcases more than 100 years of global motoring history. With more than 11,000 people through the doors this year, the volunteer-owned and operated museum has seen a 38 per cent increase in visitation from last year's total - with a third of the visitors travelling from Europe and America. The important collection includes 56 cars, 15 motorbikes and an outstanding collection of memorabilia that have cruised WA's roads and highways for more than 100 years. Nine historic cars are on loan from the Western Australian Museum, including the oldest car of Western Australian provenance - a 1901 Benz. The collection's variety and impressive display are a major attraction and cultural drawcard to the town of York. Run solely by volunteers, the museum is an example of the vitality that cultural and community partnerships can bring to Western Australian regional areas. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The York Motor Museum is a key regional tourist attraction. Settled in 1831, York is the second oldest town in Western Australia and the oldest inland settlement in the State. It boasts a host of attractions that interest visitors from around the world. "The York Motor Museum provides a significant boost to local tourism and contributes to a vibrant and historic regional area. "The relationship between the Western Australian Museum and the York Motor Museum is a great example of the ability of cultural and community-based partnerships to attract global interest and regional tourism. "The exemplary collection of motor vehicles and memorabilia is a tribute to the museum's original and current owners, and the volunteers who have maintained and developed this regional treasure." Minister's office - 6552 5400
McGowan Government announces Redress Scheme for police officers221968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements100html14/10/2018 11:57:55 PM2018-10-13T00:00:00Z $16 million to recognise and acknowledge treatment of medically retired officers Former Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan APM to chair assessment panel The McGowan Government has announced a Redress Scheme for police officers medically retired due to a work-related illness or injury. The $16 million scheme will involve a tailored, ex gratia-type payment to recognise their service and acknowledge the circumstances and treatment of some ill or injured former officers. The redress scheme will open in the new year and all applications will be assessed by a panel. The scheme has been designed to ensure the process of applying is straightforward and not legalistic. The scheme provides for a maximum payment of $150,000. Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced the panel would be chaired by former Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan APM. Dr O'Callaghan will be joined by other panel members, Susan Barrera and Ljiljana Cvijic. Ms Barrera is a former director general of the Department of Communities and an experienced industrial relations practitioner. Ms Cvijic is a retired senior sergeant with more than 40 years of distinguished service in the WA Police Force. Dr O'Callaghan will meet with stakeholders including the Medically Retired Police Officers Association and WA Police Union over coming weeks. Since coming to office, the Government has been working hard to develop a scheme to provide a fair, equitable and appropriate recompense to recognise the indignity and treatment of some medically retired police officers. The Minister is currently progressing reforms to provide a more dignified process and legal framework to medically retired officers. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to be able to provide some recognition to officers medically retired due to a workplace injury or illness. "This is not a compensation scheme, it will provide recognition and an ex gratia payment to acknowledge past treatment of medically retired former officers. "This hasn't occurred in any other jurisdictions and I'm proud that our Government has moved to recognise these officers." Information on panel members Karl O'Callaghan APM Dr O'Callaghan was Western Australia's longest serving postwar Police Commissioner when he retired from a 44-year policing career in October 2017. As Commissioner of Police, he oversaw major change and reform of information technology projects, helping to modernise the Western Australia Police Force. He led widespread cultural and business change within WA Police and implemented important legislative reforms. Susan Barrera Ms Barrera has 30 years' experience in the State public sector, including most recently as director general of the Department of Communities where she oversaw implementation of the Redress WA Scheme. She has a strong background in industrial relations and has served as the executive director of the Labour Relations Division. Ljiljana Cvijic APM Ms Cvijic served 40 years with the WA Police Force, retiring as a Senior Sergeant in 2014. Her distinguished service saw her receive the Australian Police Medal among numerous other awards and accolades. Since retiring she has been active in the community, including as a member of the Retired Police Officers Association and has worked with Professional Social Workers WA. Minister's office - 6552 6900
Young Western Australians shine at WA Youth Awards19892Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11310html12/10/2018 12:05:56 PM2018-10-12T12:05:00Z Nine inspirational young people and organisations win 2018 WA Youth Awards Almost 100 young people and youth groups nominated across a range of categories Award night celebrated 20-year anniversary of achievement by WA's youth Using his artwork as a platform to share knowledge and educate others about Aboriginal culture, 25-year-old artist Kamsani (Kam) Bin-Salleh was selected as Western Australia's Young Person of the Year during the annual awards ceremony tonight. Kam joined six other outstanding young people from across WA as category winners in the awards which attracted almost 100 nominations, and celebrated their 20th anniversary. The Cottesloe-based artist is involved with the ICEA Foundation and runs numerous school art programs across Perth. He is also director of the 2018 Kambarang festival which offers meaningful interaction with Noongar culture. Other winning entrants in the WA Youth Awards included 12-year-old Scott Guerini from Alkimos whose passion for helping others raised more than $145,000 for Telethon; 24-year-old Aboriginal educational officer Dale Rollason from Broome; and 25-year-old disability rights campaigner Drisana Levitzke-Gray from Balga. Youth Minister Peter Tinley congratulated all the winners for their outstanding contributions to the community and acknowledged the calibre of this year's award nominees. The WA Youth Awards, a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of WA, supported by Lotterywest, celebrate the achievements and contributions of young Western Australians and groups that support WA youth. The Town of Bassendean Youth Services' Regional Youth Driving Education (RYDE) program was singled out for its outstanding work, winning the large organisation award. RYDE links volunteer driving mentors and young people to improve young people's driving ability, and reach the required 50 hours of driving experience required to obtain their licence. The program overcomes the disadvantage faced by those without experienced driver mentors or families without access to a vehicle or finances to complete the required hours of driving experience. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "The WA Youth Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people across WA who take that extra step and make their own unique contribution to society. "As usual, I was astounded by the quality of entries in this year's awards and proud of these young people's industry, dedication, passion and positive action. "These outstanding individuals recognised by the WA Youth Awards are among the most inspirational in their respective peer groups. "Selection as a category winner in the WA Youth Awards illustrates a strong desire for improving the community, helping others and developing innovative approaches to achieve a better future." Minister's office - 6552 5300 Awards and winners The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award - Scott Guerini, 12, Alkimos The ECU Community Leadership Award - Drisana Levitzke-Gray, 25, Balga The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award - Dale Rollason, 24, Broome The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award - Small, Youth Disability Advocacy Network The Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award - Jessica Vati, 42, Mandurah The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award - Kamsani (Kam) Bin-Salleh, 25, Cottesloe The RAC Innovation for Sustainable Future Award - Bella Burgemeister, 12, Dalyellup The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award - Large - Town of Bassendean Youth Services, RYDE Program. The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award - Lindsay Brennan, 23, employed by 6PR/ECU
$50,000 for International Day of People with Disability19886Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11440html12/10/2018 7:13:34 AM2018-10-12T07:10:00Z Grants of up to $1,000 available for community events and activities Aims to raise awareness about the importance of access and inclusion The State Government has announced $50,000 in funding for community activities on or around the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability on December 3, 2018. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to help raise awareness about the importance of access and inclusion for people living with disability. Seed grants are available through the Department of Communities to organisations planning inclusive community events or activities to mark the day. In 2017, International Day of People with Disability activities and events were held across the metropolitan area as well as the Pilbara, Kimberley, Mid-West, South-West and the Wheatbelt regions. Grant applications close on October 26, 2018 and successful applicants will be notified on November 2, 2018. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The UN International Day of People with Disability celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability, and is a valuable opportunity to strengthen awareness of the importance of access and inclusion in our community. "The State Government is committed to supporting initiatives and events that empower people with disability to achieve their goals. "Western Australia has some outstanding organisations working in the disability sector to improve people's lives, and the Government is proud to support them in their work. "These grants are available to eligible organisations with initiatives that encourage all Western Australians to celebrate the lives of people with disability and enhance their understanding of what it means for a community to be truly inclusive." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WEB weaves better start for businesses in Port Hedland19885Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11190html12/10/2018 7:04:11 AM2018-10-12T07:00:00Z WEB Business Hub officially opens Innovation and co-working hub first of its kind in Port Hedland Project supports State Government's commitment to build capacity and capability of regional businesses Businesses in Port Hedland will have better access to support programs, collaboration opportunities and affordable office and co-working space with the official opening of the WEB Business Hub today. The WEB is an innovation and co-working facility that aims to build a business community environment that will accelerate small business growth in Port Hedland. The new facility is comprised of seven private offices, of which 90 per cent have already been leased to local businesses; a co-working area with 11 hot desks; a dedicated workspace with a further 12 desks; three meeting rooms; and multifunctional indoor and outdoor event spaces. A series of business support programs and events will be run from the new facility including Catalyst, a 10-week business planning course for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. A total of 23 Pilbara businesses were contracted as part of the construction of the WEB, with 60 per cent of the furnishings for the facility fit-out purchased from local businesses. The WEB is one of three business innovation centres in the Pilbara supported by the State Government that will work together to accelerate small business growth and development in the region. The WEB Business Hub was made possible with $2 million from the State Government through the Pilbara Development Commission, a $1.9 million contribution from BHP and $425,000 from the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WEB Business Hub is a first-class facility that will become the heart of business in Port Hedland. "It's a great time to be growing or starting a business in the Pilbara with more support than ever for entrepreneurs to take their business or idea to the next level. "We need enterprises of all shapes and sizes to build greater economic complexity in the Pilbara and the WEB will be a valuable asset as a place for businesses to connect, learn and grow. "The completion of the WEB supports the State Government's commitment to strengthen the capability and capacity of locally based small businesses to build strong regional economies and create new jobs." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "I congratulate the McGowan Government and the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of small businesses, and their commitment to long-term, diversified and sustainable economic growth. "The WEB Business Hub will foster the entrepreneurial and innovative mindset that our Pilbara is famous for." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Standing up for mental health and wellbeing19881Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15360html12/10/2018 7:14:58 AM2018-10-12T05:40:00Z Comedy show to bring consumers, carers and service providers together to celebrate Mental Health Week Mental Health Week encourages Western Australians to think about their mental health and wellbeing and those of others Need a laugh? Mental Health Week 2018 will officially close with a night of stand-up comedy at the State Theatre Centre of WA tomorrow (October 13). Stand Up! For Comedy will be hosted by Werzel Montague and features some of Australia's most hilarious comedians including Rhys Nicholson, Neel Kolhatkar and Sam Taunton. This year, Mental Health Week encourages people to think about the everyday setting where they live, learn, work and play where they can support their mental health and wellbeing and those of others. Stand Up! For Comedy is presented by the Perth Theatre Trust in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, and supported by the Mental Health Commission, with proceeds from the event being reinvested back into community mental health. To purchase tickets, visit the Perth Theatre Trust's website at http// For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. For tips on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing, visit http// Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Each year, one in every five Australians will experience a mental health issue so it's fantastic to see some of Australia's best comedians throw their support behind mental health and wellbeing in Western Australia. "We are often told laughter is the best medicine, but the comedy show does more than that - it brings people together. This means they can share personal stories with others, and we know connection and inclusion are important to help maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. "My hope is that all Western Australians adopt the message of Mental Health Week and implement them every week of the year." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The arts have always played a big role in mental health recovery. We hear stories of people who have produced some outstanding artwork while on their recovery journey. Stand Up! For Comedy is about bringing people together to have a laugh and connect with others, be that carers, consumers or service providers. "I encourage all Western Australians to stand up, have a laugh and connect with those around them." Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Lightning Park off-ramp to Reid Highway now open19880Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5410html12/10/2018 4:38:05 AM2018-10-12T04:30:00Z McGowan Government delivers election commitment to Noranda residents Less traffic expected on Noranda's local roads on Lightning Park event days New ramp opens less than two years after community meeting in NorandaA new direct exit ramp from Lightning Park to Reid Highway has opened to traffic, fulfilling a key McGowan Government election commitment. The previous government permanently closed the access road from Lightning Park in late 2016, as part of the NorthLink WA project. The closure of the original access road caused heavy congestion on residential streets and sparked safety concerns among local residents, who joined local members Amber-Jade Sanderson and Rita Saffioti to retain the slip road. Local concerns prompted WA Labor to make an election commitment to alter NorthLink WA plans to include a slip road for commuters leaving Lightning Park. The access ramp has been built as part of the revised NorthLink WA project, which is transforming the Tonkin Highway and Reid Highway intersection to a fast flowing freeway-to-freeway interchange. The ramp, constructed with minimal environmental impact, will allow park traffic to exit Lightning Park directly, reducing the need for people to seek alternative exits via local roads through Noranda. While the road is opened to traffic, some finishing works including asphalting and line marking will continue and any impacts will be minimised as much as possible. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This was one of the first moves the McGowan Government made upon taking office, and I applaud the contractor and Main Roads for working with locals to find a solution to the issues caused by removing the original ramp. "The new ramp solves issues of local congestion after park events by allowing attendees to leave via Reid Highway rather than through residential streets. "This is a sensible solution delivering a good outcome for the local area." Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson "It has been almost two years since I held a community meeting with dozens of concerned Noranda residents, and I am proud this Government has delivered the solution we promised. "Locals fought hard for the new exit ramp, which will maintain safe traffic flow out of the park following events as well as reducing congestion on local roads. "These changes follow extensive community consultation and demonstrates a collaborative approach between the local community, council, State Government and the project team to achieve a positive outcome for all involved." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Aboriginal Advisory Panel to provide expertise to government19879Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8020html12/10/2018 4:32:54 AM2018-10-12T04:00:00Z Expressions of interest open to join Minister's Aboriginal Advisory Panel The Aboriginal Advisory Panel will provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister for Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic ViolenceChild Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk is calling for expressions of interest to join a new Aboriginal Advisory Panel to help inform government decisions affecting Aboriginal children, families and communities. The panel of up to 20 members will provide cultural and expert advice to the Minister on how to effectively respond to issues, including child protection and stopping family and domestic violence. It will include respected Aboriginal people from a variety of backgrounds from across the State who will be called upon to take part in working groups, consult with the community and propose culturally appropriate solutions to specific issues. Areas that panel members may be called on to provide advice include A review of the Children and Community Services Act; Consult on the 10 Year Strategy for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Cultural perspective on the Western Australian Women's Strategy; and State-wide Aboriginal child protection advice and representation.The initial term of appointment will be for a period of up to two years. Aboriginal people are encouraged to consider submitting their resume and provide information on their particular areas of experience, knowledge and skills relevant to the Minister's portfolios. Expressions of interest are being sought until November 23, 2018. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "This Government is committed to working with Aboriginal people on issues that affect them and that is why I have decided to establish an Aboriginal Advisory Panel of people who have the knowledge, experience and cultural expertise to provide advice on a range of issues within my portfolios. "Some of the issues facing Aboriginal communities are complex, and government does not have all of the answers. "Engaging Aboriginal people in proposing culturally appropriate and responsive solutions to these issues is the cornerstone of delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal communities." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Joint media statement - Myalup-Wellington water project boost for South West19874Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6970html12/10/2018 2:39:14 AM2018-10-12T02:30:00Z Irrigated agriculture production in the Collie River, Harvey and Waroona districts in south-west Western Australia is set to expand thanks to a transformational water infrastructure initiative. Led by Collie Water, the $396 million project aims to reduce salinity in the Wellington Dam, WA's second largest reservoir. Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is committed to constructing the water infrastructure of 21st century. "The Myalup-Wellington project is a significant economic development project which offers an innovative, long-term solution to the salinity problems in the Wellington Dam," Mr McCormack said. "The Project is expected to increase supply of potable water into the Harris Dam by 10 gigalitres per year. It'll boost WA's gross state product by more than $570 million each year and support up to 830 jobs throughout the construction and operation phases." Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committing $190 million to the project. "Saline water will be pumped from the Collie River East Branch to reduce salt flows into the Wellington Dam. A private desalination facility will be built near Collie to produce potable water to be delivered to the Harris Dam," Mr Littleproud said. "The Burekup Weir will be improved to provide increased head pressure, while existing open irrigation channels below the weir will be replaced with a closed pipe network to extend pressurised water supply and increase the area under irrigation. "The project is also working to deliver new irrigation water to Myalup to support expansion of the region's existing highly productive irrigated agricultural industry." WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said access to fit-for-purpose water is vital for the region's agricultural growth. "The Myalup-Wellington Project will help secure the future of the region in a drying climate, creating opportunities for expanded horticulture and agriculture," Ms MacTiernan said. "This is a long-term project - staged over the next five to seven years. "Work is underway to increase the area of timber plantations in the upper Wellington Dam catchment to assist in the management of catchment salinity. "Collie Water is progressing design plans and has commenced its tender process for the construction of the desalination plant." WA Water Minister Dave Kelly said the environmental benefits of the project are significant. "This project will enable great utilisation of the significant water resource in the Wellington Dam," Mr Kelly said. "It will also deliver greater certainty in water supplies for those in the region." The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $190 million, the Western Australian Government $37 million and Collie Water and private investors $169 million. Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Green light for jobs with Huon Aquaculture to set up WA operations19873Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9740html12/10/2018 2:05:48 AM2018-10-12T02:00:00Z Huon to take up 2,200-hectare site in Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone Thousands of direct and indirect jobs anticipated when fish farm is at full capacity McGowan Government helping grow WA's newest industry - aquaculture In a major boost for the Western Australian economy and local jobs, the State Government has granted Huon Aquaculture a lease to operate a large yellowtail kingfish aquaculture farm off Geraldton. The major publicly listed Australian aquaculture company has salmon farms in Tasmania and kingfish operations off the New South Wales coast. It has now been granted an aquaculture licence and lease for 2,200 hectares in the now fully allocated Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone. Within four years, it is estimated investment in the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone will create more than 100 direct jobs, and by 2030 potentially more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. The McGowan Government is helping grow the WA aquaculture industry through government-run hatchery facilities for marine finfish at Fremantle, and the newly established Albany Shellfish Hatchery to support shellfish farming. The Fremantle hatchery will supply juvenile kingfish stock to Huon's fish farm in the Mid-West zone where the fish will be grown to maturity. The decision to grant the licence to Huon Aquaculture is now subject to an advertised 28-day review period and the Minister for Environment declaring a 'Derived Proposal'. For more information on WA aquaculture, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We have some of the best aquaculture growth opportunities here in Western Australia, something that Huon has recognised with their substantial investment towards a large scale yellowtail kingfish farm. "The zone's location off the Geraldton coast gives Huon access to infrastructure, support services and freight options that in turn will help create additional indirect jobs. "Having visited the Mid-West region several times already this year, the benefits of growing aquaculture in this area is becoming more apparent. Aquaculture gives this region an added point of difference which will create jobs and boost the local economy." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "We made an election commitment to diversify the WA economy and create local jobs. Large scale yellowtail kingfish is a new industry to WA. "Western Australia currently underperforms in aquaculture making up just one per cent of Australia's production, behind South Australia and Tasmania. In this context, attracting Huon is a genuine game changer for WA. "There is huge potential for WA to serve the growing demand worldwide for quality aquaculture products, particularly given our reputation for having clean, healthy and sustainable ocean environments. "Today's announcement is a culmination of hard work over the past 18 months. The Premier and I have hosted industry consortiums, invested in fish health services, funded applied research projects and visited Huon to increase awareness of the opportunities in WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100
New program to support job growth into the Asian region19869Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5470html12/10/2018 1:15:04 AM2018-10-12T01:00:00Z Applications are now open for the Priority Sector Funding Program Funding will increase engagement, trade and investment between WA and Asia McGowan Labor Government delivering on election commitment to create jobsApplications are now open for the State Government's new Priority Sector Funding Program. The McGowan Government established the grant program with the aim of assisting Western Australian companies to engage with and develop international business capabilities in Asia. The program is open to applications, from industry associations and bilateral businesses, to run projects on behalf of Western Australia's priority trade and investment sectors and markets. Suitable sectors include mining and energy, education and training, marine and defence, aerospace and aviation, information and communications technology, health care, building and construction, creative industries and consumer goods. Funding of up to $30,000 is available for outbound projects, such as delegations participating at key international forums or business programs; and $20,000 for inbound projects, showcasing specific Western Australian industries to international delegations. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston "The launch of this program fulfils one of the McGowan Government's election commitments to create opportunities for job growth into the Asian region. "As our closest neighbours, it's important we continue to strengthen our business ties with Asia - which could create jobs for Western Australians. "I encourage all organisations who meet the criteria, and are keen to expand internationally, to apply." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Pregnancy warning for all packaged alcoholic drinks19752Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10380html11/10/2018 9:14:34 AM2018-10-11T05:00:00Z National agreement for mandatory labels on all packaged alcoholic drinks to warn about the risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy Labels designed to help reduce harm to unborn babies and newborns Important public health initiative led by Western Australia The McGowan Government has led the way in delivering a national commitment to apply pregnancy warnings on all packaged alcoholic drinks. The decision was made today at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Adelaide. The Commonwealth, States and Territories agreed to support the introduction of mandatory pregnancy health warnings on alcoholic beverages. The Western Australian Minister for Health has long pushed for the new mandatory measures, arguing strongly that the current voluntary measures are inconsistent, ineffective and putting lives of unborn children at risk. Following the decision, Food Safety Australia and New Zealand will develop a suitable warning message and pictogram. Mandatory labelling to increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy at the point of purchase and consumption is long overdue. Alcohol can disturb the development of an embryo or foetus. It can also be harmful to newborn babies if passed on through breast milk. If a foetus is exposed to alcohol, it can result in a range of adverse effects to the brain and organs of the unborn child, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders or FASD. As the nature and degree of adverse effects of alcohol exposure to the brain and organs of the unborn child is hard to predict, no alcohol during pregnancy is the safest option. Women who are concerned about their alcohol use during pregnancy or their child's development, should talk to a health professional or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 9442 5000. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I'm pleased the forum has agreed with the McGowan Government proposal to place pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcohol products. We know alcohol is harmful to unborn babies so increasing awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is essential. "We now have a national commitment to this initiative which is aimed at reducing the harmful effects and incidence of FASD in our community. This is a small but important first step in reducing the condition that puts the lives of vulnerable children at risk. "We know that a significant number of children in our juvenile detention facilities have one or more cognitive issues including symptoms of FASD, so it is clear this is having a detrimental effect on our communities and it is time to take a stand. I am very pleased with this outcome." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Milestone for Kalbarri Skywalk project19750Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7650html11/10/2018 4:03:32 AM2018-10-11T04:00:00Z Tender valued at $4.59 million awarded for skywalk construction Development will be fully accessible for people of all ages and abilities, including users of wheelchairs The completion of the world-class Kalbarri Skywalk project is one step closer, with the contract to construct two skywalks awarded to Bocol Constructions Pty Ltd. The two 100-metre-high skywalks at the West Loop site in Kalbarri National Park will project 25 metres and 17 metres beyond the rim of the Murchison River Gorge, providing visitors with soaring views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding environment. Construction of the skywalks is expected to be completed by mid-2019. The $20 million project has also included the sealing of 22 kilometres of park roads, and the expansion and upgrading of the Z Bend and Meanarra Hill tourist sites. Another tender will be advertised for the construction of associated infrastructure at the Skywalk site including a kiosk, toilets, shade shelters and landscape works. Kalbarri National Park continues to be a popular destination for tourists and visitors, with visits increasing by almost 100,000 over the past five years - from 306,058 in 2013-14 to 400,991 in 2017-18. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "We are now one step closer to the final stages of this exciting and highly anticipated development. "Kalbarri National Park is an iconic destination, famous for its 80-kilometre gorge, coastal cliffs that plunge more than 100 metres to the ocean, striking wildflowers and various recreational activities. "Tourism is integral to Kalbarri's economy and by delivering world-class facilities like these skywalks and associated infrastructure, the McGowan Government is ensuring that Kalbarri National Park will remain a favourite destination for tourists." Minister's office - 6552 5800